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Assistant Professor in African American History

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

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Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department of History

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Department of History in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in African American History to start in August 2024. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

Applicants should have an active research agenda with strong prospects for publication. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in History or a related discipline, with a preferred primary field in African American History, by the time of appointment. The position carries a 2/2 teaching load. The successful candidate will be expected to teach the two-course sequence “African American History to 1877” and “African American History since 1877,” as well as offer instruction in areas of specialization. The successful candidate will also be expected to direct research in the graduate and honors undergraduate programs, as well as demonstrate a commitment to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants should also have an interest in interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and/or cross-campus collaborations. To apply, please supply a c.v., a letter of interest, the names of three references, and an academic excellence statement that explains how the candidate envisions their teaching philosophy/experience and/or research/scholarship interests serving a diverse student population to create an inclusive learning environment. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to the diversity of our campus community.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

About the Department:
The Department of History advances public knowledge and understanding of past events through studying written, oral and visual sources and the teaching and research of political, social, diplomatic, cultural, intellectual and environmental history. Faculty expertise includes a variety of geographies and cultures, from the ancient to the post-modern world. For more information, please visit: https://history.uark.edu/.

Duties will include:
• 40% Teaching
• 40% Research
• 20% Service


Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate

  • Ph.D. in History or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the date of initial appointment

  • An active research agenda with strong prospects for publication

  • Evidence of scholarly productivity

  • Ability to teach the two-course sequence “African American History to 1877” and “African American History since 1877,” as well as offer instruction in areas of specialization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A research and teaching focus in African American history

  • Applicants should also have an interest in interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and/or cross-campus collaborations

  • An ability to direct research in the graduate and honors undergraduate programs

  • A commitment to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students

Additional Information:


Completed applications received by 10/26/2023, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Todd Cleveland, at tcclevel@uark.edu.

Applicants must submit

  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a cover letter/letter of application,
  • an academic excellence statement addressing the prompt: ow do you envision your teaching philosophy/experience or research/scholarship interest serving a diverse student population in the classroom or laboratory to create inclusive engagement in the learning environment, and
  • a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process. Letters of recommendation will be requested only for candidates selected for interviews.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Todd Cleveland, search committee chair, tcclevel@uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Other Required Documents:
- an academic excellence statement addressing the prompt: how do you envision your teaching philosophy/experience or research/scholarship interest serving a diverse student population in the classroom or laboratory to create inclusive engagement in the learning environment.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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